Early days in Scott County, MO, are recalled in this booklet, reprinted from excerpts from three rare books: Goodspeed's 1888: History of Southeast Missouri, The State of Missouri (1904), and Missouri, a Guide to the "Show Me" State, a 1930s WPA project. The 48-page spiral bound 8 1/2 x 11" booklet, is printed on 60# paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. The 1888 history covers the early development of this area and includes bios of prominent citizens. The 1904 book, written in connection with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, gives a brief overview of the county at that date. The WPA excerpt takes a look at the area from a 1939 vantage point, including ihistorical notes, as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Topics covered include: Location, Waterways, Early settlers, Formation of the county and names of early officials; Court Proceedings, with names of grand jurors and judges and several criminal cases; location and resources, Communities -- Benton, Commerce, Sikeston, Morley, Oran and others; and other bits of history and trivia. Besides the names mentioned in the first part of the booklet, there are biographies of many county residents of yesteryear. Most are fairly lengthy, and often include ancestors, previous residences, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities. In the course of this they often shed light on the early businesses, professions and institutions in the county. The biographies include: Julius Albrecht, Rev. James M. Allen, James B. Ancell, John Harvey Ancell, William S. Babb, James W. Baker, William Ballentine, William R. Batts, Jesse R. Berry, Eliphalet L. Brown, Elisha F. Bryant, William H. Bugg, Capt. William W. Campbell, William L. Carroll, Charles Chaney, Benjamin F. Chaney, George W. Chrismon, John W. Clemson, Dr. John R. Coffman, James L. Crow, Benjamin S. Curd, Samuel F.M. Darby, John W. Daugherty, H.H. Daugherty, Carter F. DeWint, Thomas B. Dodge, Joseph Dohogne, Nelson O. Ellis, James F. Evins, John D. Foster, Dr. Theo F. Frazer, James Friend, John Friend, Benjamin B. Gaither, John T. Gaither, Abner Greer, John B. Greer, David E. Grojean, Rev. Henry F. Grupe, Dr. Abner J. Gupton, James L. Hale, David H. Harper, Dr. Christopher C. Harris, John T. Harris, Dr. William E. Harris, Charles R. Hatcher, William A. Hill, William Howell, Joseph L. Hughes, Isaac Hunter, Benjamin F. Hunter, William Hunter, Dr. O.E. Kendall, John Kirkpatrick, Rev. Frederick A.J. Klein, A.P. Lane, Marquis M. Lawrence, J. Francis Legrand, Rev. William M. Lusk, William J. McCord, Abner J. McFerron, Ignatius McKinley, Rev. Samuel A. Mason, John E. Marshall, Louis Martin, Dr. George S. Martin, William R. Matthews, J.F. Mitchim, Joseph H. Moore, William H. Myers, John D. Peal, Thomas J. Pool, John D. Porterfield, Eugene C. Randolph, Gotleib Charles Rose, Rev. Martin Scherer, Dr. John L. Shumate, Needham Sikes, Capt. Ward L. Smith, Dr. J. S. Sparks, David Spradlin, Mark H. Stallcup, Parham Stone, William H. Stubblefield, Dr. Thomas E. Tomlinson, William W. Ward, Irvin A. Wilson, Hansford T. Wray, Alexander Wright, Dr. B.F. Wyatt, Silvanus B. Wylie, and Joel B. Yates.